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Course Syllabus: Geography 3: Oceans and Atmosphere Summer Session A 2021 Instructor: Damilola Eyelade: [email protected] Office: 5712 Ellison Hall Office hours: by appointment online via zoom. Lecture: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thur., 9:30—10:35 am, Online. Section: Thur., 2:00–3:20 pm, Online. Teaching Assistant: Kristina Fauss [email protected] Office hours: Xxx. 00:00am-0:00pm Course textbook (optional) Christopherson, Robert W.; Birkeland Ginger, E (2018). Geosystems: an introduction to physical geography. Pearson, 10th edition. (students can use older editions) Course website All course materials are posted on UCSB GauchoSpace including lectures, required readings, lab exercises, grades, and announcements. Check regularly for updates. Learning objective Introduction to the physical processes that shape the patterns and structure of the earth’s oceans and atmosphere. Additionally, students will become knowledgeable about the spatial distribution and scales of phenomena such as currents, tides, refraction and reflection. Course goals • knowledge of the physical principles and processes governing the circulation and characteristics of the earth’s oceans and atmosphere. • knowledge of the dynamic interactions between the oceans and the atmosphere and how these impact organisms in the oceans and coastal environments. • Understanding spatial scales and maps that apply to oceanic and atmospheric processes. • Understanding how to think critically and use appropriate concepts in analyzing problems or situations involving oceanic and atmospheric processes. Grading Item Date Weight Section Attendance Weekly 5% Online quizzes Due Every Friday 10% Midterm exam 1 Thur. 1 July 20% Midterm exam 2 Thur. 15 July 20% Lab assignments 5 weekly labs 35% Final exam Thur. 29 July 25% Rules and Regulations: Quizzes and section assignment: There will be 6 weekly quizzes consisting of 5-6 multiple-choice questions about readings for the week. These will be due 1pm every Friday. No Late quizzes. The lowest quiz scores will be dropped i.e. one of six quiz questions will be dropped. There will be a total of five (5) lab assignments throughout the quarter. All labs will be submitted on GauchoSpace. Labs are due by the start of section one week after they have been assigned by the TA, except otherwise stated. Late work will be penalized by deducting 10% of the assignment’s total point value for each day it is late, up to a 70% maximum deduction.Course Syllabus: Geography 3: Oceans and Atmosphere Summer Session A 2021 Sections Students will meet for section once a week online via zoom. Section time is primarily used for working on lab assignments but may also be used for reviewing difficult concepts and exam review. Section attendance is mandatory. An absence maybe excused in the case of a documented emergency (documentation required). Exams There are two midterm exams throughout the quarter, each covering 1/3rd of the course material. The final exam is cumulative (covers all course material) but will emphasize material from the last third of the class. If you cannot take an exam at the scheduled time, you must notify me beforehand to be eligible for a make-up exam. Letter grades will be assigned at the end of the quarter based on the following scale: A+ 97–100% A 93–96% A- 90–92% B+ 87–89% B 83–86% B- 78–80% C+ 77–79% C 73–76% C- 68–70% D+ 67–69% D 63–66% F <63% **** Final percentage grades will be rounded up or down to the nearest whole number. Academic Standards The guidelines for academic behavior and the procedures for violations are established by the University of California. You are responsible for being familiar with these. Copying someone else's answers is a violation of these standards. Collaboration is not permitted on examinations. Email Policy I endeavor to respond to all emails within 24 hours. Response may be slower during weekends. Class schedule Wk Date topics Reading Section 1 Mon 21 June Introduction, composition & properties of the atmosphere Ch. 1 (pp. 3–4, 10–19) Ch. 3 (pp. 60–71) Lab 1: Scales in nature Tue 22 June Solar energy to Earth and seasons Ch. 2 (pp 40-54) Wed-Thur. 23-24 June Atmosphere & surface energy balances Ch.4 (pp 84 -96) 2 Mon 28 June Holiday No Class Lab 2: Radiation Budget Tue-Wed 30 June Atmospheric circulation Ch. 6 (pp. 135–147, 151–152) Thur 1 July Mid Term 1 3 Mon 5 July Holiday No Class Lab 3: Salinity, waves, and tides Tue-Wed 6-7 July Composition and properties of the ocean pp. 168–175, 224–226, 456–459 Thur 8 July Waves and Tides Ch. 16 (pp. 466 – 471 Ch. 6 (pp. 153 – 159) 4 Mon 12 July Ocean circulation Lab 4: Ocean circulation Tue-Wed 13-14 July Deep Ocean Circulation Ch. 6 (pp. 153 – 155) Thur 15 July Midterm 2 5 Mon 19 July Coastal environment and sea level Ch. 16 (pp. 463 – 465) Lab 5: El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Tue-Wed 20-21 July Coastal environment and sea level Ch. 16 (pp. 472– 481) Thur. 22 July Introduction to climate Ch5 (pp. 112 –119, 124)Course Syllabus: Geography 3: Oceans and Atmosphere Summer Session A 2021 Ch. 8 (pp. 192, 195 – 197) 6 Mon 26 July Natural climate variability/feedback Ch. 6 (pp. 155 – 159) Review for Finals Tue 27 July Anthropogenic climate change Ch. 11 (pp. 304 – 318) Ch. 16 (p. 479) Wed 28 July Impacts of climate change Thur 29 July Final Exam Additional Information: Copyright Notice All course materials (class lectures and discussions, handouts, assignments, examinations, web materials) and the intellectual content of the course itself are protected by United States Federal Copyright Law, the California Civil Code. The UC Policy 102.23 expressly prohibits students (and all other persons) from recording lectures or discussions and from distributing or selling lectures notes and all other course materials without the prior written permission of the instructor (See http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/2710530/PACAOS-100). Students are permitted to make notes solely for their own private educational use. Exceptions to accommodate students with disabilities may be granted with appropriate documentation. To be clear, distribution of any course materials is strictly prohibited, including posting materials online or selling them to any person or


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